I’ve been so busy being a new mom, blogging has taken the backseat. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance my time! Since Eloise is still so small, she isn’t on a set “schedule” yet, so she sleeps when she sleeps! I try and get housework done, eat or catch up on some of my favorite shows when I have some downtime .

Anyhow, Eloise is officially TWO MONTHS OLD! Holy moly. She’s 10lbs 6oz, and is getting her first set of shots tomorrow! I’m so not looking forward to my baby girl crying & being in pain! It’s going to be the saddest thing ever.

Ellie went on her first road trip to Southern California & did amazing! I’m so proud of her! She didn’t cry at all, and slept most of the way. She met her great-grandma for the first time, and it was so special. I am so grateful that my grandma is around for this chapter in my life.

Ellie also got to spend time with her cousin, Adelaide! I love seeing my niece. She is 5 months old, and is smiling so much. She reaches and grabs for Eloise, and it’s the cutest thing ever. I can’t believe our babies are growing up so fast!

Here are some pictures of Eloise Audrey Colette:

It’s been a fun and tiring month, and we just love watching this little girl grow! I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing her smile more & hopefully laugh very soon!


Happy 2019 everyone! I’m really excited for the new year. Now that Eloise is with us, I’m thinking of all the memories we are going to make this year! There will be a lot of “firsts”, and I just want to make sure I soak it all in.

2019 GOALS:

read more books (my goal is 5-8 books this year)

go back to school in the fall (juggle being a full-time student & mommy)

practice gratitude/ be more positive

pay off debt & save more money

go on one family vacation

blog more & write more

go on more walks & be outdoors more

I really wanted to make goals that were attainable to reach… how many times have you made goals that were just unrealistic? I have, and it’s a waste of time. So, this year I’m focusing on things that matter: my family, hobbies, finances, etc. What are some goals you have for 2019?


I can’t believe I’m in my THIRD TRIMESTER! I am now 28 weeks pregnant & I can feel my body changing everyday. The baby is getting bigger, and so is my belly. I’d say my second trimester was awesome, especially having the amount of energy I had! But I noticed as soon as I was creeping closer to my third trimester, my energy levels shifted & lowered! Bummer. Back to being tired again.

Also, I’ve been having MAJOR pubic/pelvic pain. It hurts when I walk, it hurts when I try to change my pants, it hurts when I’m trying to change positions in bed. I know it’s all apart of my body adjusting and making room for baby + the added weight, but this part of pregnancy isn’t so “fun”. Speaking of weight gain, I’m on track! My midwife said I’m not gaining too much, which is awesome! I know I still have about 12 weeks left (give or take), so I’m hoping I stay within the healthy range of weight gain!

I did have my 1 hour glucose test, and I passed that- which was a huge relief! I do not want gestational diabetes, and the thought alone is terrifying!  I did mention that I have anterior placenta, and I couldn’t really feel the baby strongly for the longest time! But once I hit around 24-25 weeks, BAM she started moving a lot! I’m feeling her move every night and morning now. I must say, it’s a pretty incredible feeling! It’s so surreal that MY baby is inside me, moving around. I still can’t fathom that I’m having a child! It’s an awesome feeling, and I’m so grateful I get to experience it. My body continues to surprise and amaze me with this pregnancy!

Now I’m just preparing for our baby to come! I am having my baby shower in early October, and I’m excited to celebrate with close family + friends. I hope to document the baby shower with lots of photos! I’ll make sure to have someone be the camera person, since I already know I’ll be super busy talking to everyone, and enjoying the evening. Anyway, if you’re curious what my second trimester favorites were- keep reading! Keep in mind, my pregnancy is super easy & I feel like I’ve been pretty low maintenance.



1. pregnancy pillow- I HAVE THIS ONE.

2. comfy leggings/loungewear- THESE ONES. I need them in every color!

3. prenatal vitamins & add in some probiotics- MEGAFOOD PRENATALS, RAINBOW LIGHT PRENATALS, AND THESE PROBIOTICS. I have used all of these products & love them!

4. water tumbler- I couldn’t help myself & bought THIS ADORABLE ONE. You need to make sure you’re drinking a lot of water! It’s easier to have some sort of bottle to take with you everywhere.

5. comfy shoes for walking- Currently eyeing THESE or THESE!

6. Ina May’s guide to childbirth- THIS BOOK. I have so much anxiety/fear about giving birth & reading this book has truly helped with those fears! Even if you’re not expecting to give birth “all natural”, it’s still VERY helpful and eye-opening. I highly recommend reading this!

I hope this list does help you, if you’re currently pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant. I’m curious to see how my last trimester goes. I’m terribly nervous and anxious for the arrival of baby girl E. I’m sure these last 12 weeks are going to fly by! Until then, I’m going to soak up these LAST moments of being childless.





Happy September everyone! It’s my birthday month, and my favorite time of year: Autumn begins in a few weeks! The weather has been cooling down, but it is still in the 80’s where I live. I can’t wait to bust out my sweaters, cardigans, leggings and buy some new boots.

My second trimester is also coming to an end, and I’ll begin my third trimester this Thursday (I’ll be 27 weeks!). I am anxious about being in the home stretch of my pregnancy, but I’m ready to meet this life I’ve grown and created with Dexter. I’m scared shitless though, I can’t even lie! Haha! I can already feel a shift in my energy levels- I am starting to feel more tired throughout the day. My baby shower is also coming up in October, so that’s something I’m looking forward to!

So, since it’s my birthday month, I wanted to do a gift wish list. These are some things I have been eyeing & wanting! I’m going to turn 26 years old on the 30th! I can’t believe I’m now going to be closer to 30, than 20! Craziness!














A few other things I’d love would be: a prenatal massage, pedicure, tickets to go see Death Cab for Cutie, and a nice dinner out! I know for a fact I won’t get all of these things, but a girl can dream! 🙂



My twin sister had her bundle of joy! Her baby girl made her way into the world on August 12, 2018 at 5:08 AM. I was there for the birth, and I am so thankful that my sister & brother-in-law let me be apart of their special day.

Little Adelaide is just so beautiful & precious. I was able to spend the first week of her life with her, but sadly my 3-week stay in Southern California has come to an end. It’s time for me to go home, but I will be seeing her in October!

She is the very first grand-child on our side of the family,  so it’s a huge deal! My sister had such a good labor & delivery that I’m crossing my fingers that I follow in her footsteps, haha! Wouldn’t that be great? I am still in awe of her strength & her composure during the whole labor & delivery process. SHE IS A CHAMPION. Women are truly amazing!

I can’t believe in just under 4 months I’ll be welcoming my own child into the world. It hasn’t fully registered yet. I’m so anxious & nervous! Little Addie is such a sweet precious angel, that I know it’ll be worth all the pain & anxiety. Congratulations to my sister & brother-in-law, they made one gorgeous girl. I can’t wait to watch her grow!


a much needed break.

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged! I’ve been swamped with school/homework/studying/finals. I am so glad to be done with another semester. Two more semesters & I’ll be a college graduate. I’m looking forward to it so much! This semester wasn’t that interesting, most of the classes I took were boring. The only thing I care about is passing them, and getting one step closer to graduation! (phew!)

There’s a couple big changes happening in the near future! The first one being, we are moving again. That’s always a pain in the butt, because I have to start packing and organizing everything. I loathe moving, but I’ve done it so many times I’m basically a pro! I’m moving out of the current city I live in, and I’m looking forward to being in a new area to explore! I’m still in Northern California, and won’t be moving from the Bay Area until I’m done with college, most likely. Next is: my twin sister’s baby shower is happening in under 3 weeks! I cannot wait to share photos! I just ordered her cake from this cute bakery in Los Angeles, I’ve gotten all the cute Etsy baby shower decorations delivered, and I already have my outfit planned! I’m so ready for this big day & to shower my sister with love.

Since my sister is due in August, and I’m not taking summer school classes this year, I’m planning on spending a few weeks with my sister and brother-in-law! I haven’t spent good quality time with her in so long, since we both live 6 hours away from one another. I want to help her with the finishing touches of baby girl’s nursery, go on target/tjmaxx trips together, watch movies, and possibly go to prenatal yoga with her! (so fun!)

Next post should be about the baby shower! I hope everyone has a good rest of their week! Any big life changes happening in your life? Anything exciting going on this summer?





Happy April! Spring is here, the trees are blooming, and my allergies are going NUTS. I have allergies year round, but these past couple of days it’s been so bad. The pollen from the blooms are making my eyes so itchy, ugh. I’m hoping it’ll get better.

Anyway, a couple weekends ago my sisters and our significant others went to Roaring Camp Railroads, in Felton. It was so beautiful, it was my first time there. It’s right next to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, which has beautiful trails to hike on! If you’re ever in the area, I recommend checking it out.

I love being able to spend time with my sisters, especially since my twin sister lives 6 hours away from me. Luckily my little sister is only 1 hour away! So whenever we get together, we always have such a fun time. All of us get along so well, and I hope sometime in the near future we can all live a little bit closer.


It’s a new month, what are some goals you have? I would love to start going on daily walks, or  hitting 10,000 steps daily. I think this is a pretty reasonable goal for myself. Eat more fruits & veggies. Drink more water & cut down on caffeine. <—- that will be super hard for me! I’m a big coffee drinker, and have at least 2 cups/day. But I’d like to cut it down to 1 cup/day. Wish me luck!

I hope everyone has a wonderful month ahead! I am literally counting down the days until Spring semester is done and over with: 1 month & 15 days! Haha! There’s so much to look forward to these upcoming months, I’m very excited. I’ll be planning/hosting my sister’s baby shower, hanging out with family, and weekend trips. Talk to you guys soon!



Happy March! This past weekend I went down to Southern California to visit my twin sister, her husband, and my parents. I never mentioned it on my blog, but she’s pregnant with her first child! I AM SO EXCITED & HAPPY. I can’t even explain! I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT! This will be the first grand-child for my parents, so it’s a huge deal.

So the reason for the visit was to find out the gender of the baby. Everyone made bets on what the baby would be, and I was 100% sure the baby would be a boy! But baby Hurst is a…. GIRL! My sister and I went to Target after finding out (of course!), and I had to buy her a little outfit to commemorate the occasion! She is due August, so she’ll be a little summer baby. They already have a name picked out, but won’t share it until she’s born, which I think is a good idea just incase they change their mind!

Everyone is overjoyed! It’s unreal to think that in just 5 short months baby Hurst will be here. I can’t wait to hold her. This is a big life change for everyone, but we are so ready to start this new chapter.



Some things I’m looking forward to?

-Seeing Vicky’s belly grow bigger

-Feeling the baby move

-Planning her baby shower

-Being present for the birth

-Holding baby girl for the first time

I’m a pretty emotional person, so I know the first time I’ll look into her eyes, I’m going to bawl. The next baby related post will be her baby shower, or things I want to buy the baby! Stay tuned, I’m officially THAT AUNT now. HA!





The end of February is finally here. This month flew by for me. It was probably one of the worst months I’ve had since the new year started. I’ve been feeling very stressed out + overwhelmed lately. Things that have to do with my personal life, and with school. Sometimes I feel like it’s never-ending, and I wonder when I’ll be able to catch a break from feeling this way. I’m happy to say BYE to February, but I want to have a positive mindset for March.

So to end February on a good note, I wanted to do a “10 things you didn’t know about me” post. Maybe you’ll learn something new about me, either way here it goes…

ONE: I have 3 siblings: 1 older brother, 1 Fraternal twin sister, and one younger sister.

TWO: When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a Teacher. When I was in middle school I wanted to be an Actress (that was short lived). In high school I changed my mind from News Anchor to Nurse or something to do in Advertising. (I guess you can say I was very indecisive with choosing a distinct career path- can you say TOO MUCH PRESSURE?) What did I ultimately choose? Marketing. I want to have a job where I have the option to work from home. (ha!)

THREE: My dream job? To be a published writer.

FOUR: INFJ personality.

FIVE: I have loved Leonardo DiCaprio since I was 5 years old. Not even joking. He will always be my number one crush. (does anyone not know this already???)

SIX: My first job was being a Carhop for Sonic Drive-In. I fell on my skates too many times to count, so embarrassing! (my twin sister and I both got hired together)

SEVEN: I collect books. Any chance I see a bookstore, I’ll want to go inside.

EIGHT: I studied abroad in Paris a year ago & fell madly in love with traveling and Europe. I did a solo-trip through Italy. (a life highlight/one of my proudest moments, thus far)

NINE: I’m a hopeless romantic, but still very much a realist. Yes, you can be both.

TEN: I have six tattoos. One of them is my grandmother’s birth year. I want more!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. Midterms here I come….




As I reflect on 2017, it has been one hell of a year for me. 2017 started off with me leaving to my study abroad program in Paris (Jan-May). I traveled to so many beautiful places in Europe {it truly was a dream come true}. It was my very first time traveling alone, living alone, and focusing entirely on myself. I pushed myself completely out of my comfort zone, and there were many proud moments. I am so grateful for the experiences and life lessons of 2017.

When I got back from Paris (late May), I decided to give love a second chance, after 6 months of being apart. We are making our way to Maui in just a few days, and I’m curious/excited to see where our relationship goes this year.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 holds for me. I know it’s going to be a year full of big changes. I should be graduating college the end of this year, which is something I’m ecstatic/nervous about! It also might be my last year of living in the Bay Area, which is so bittersweet to even think about. Who knows! I’ve noticed you can try to plan.plan.plan every aspect of life out, but most of the time things don’t go as expected {which isn’t always a bad thing}

A goal of 2018 is to travel as much as I can. I know this is so cliché  because who DOESN’T want to travel?? Obviously it’s on everyone’s list of things to do! Whether it’s a day trip, weekend trip, or full-blown vacay- I want see new places. My top 3 International picks: Iceland, Greece, Switzerland. My top 3 U.S. cities: South Carolina, Chicago, Maine.

I want to do well in school, and I want to continue my fitness journey. Possibly signing up for spinning classes or barre classes, eat cleaner, and work on my body confidence. Since I have Prolactinoma it’s SO much harder to lose weight. It’s frustrating beyond belief but it’s my reality, sadly. So with that being said, I want to lose a good 20-30 lbs, but I need to continue to search and find what works best for me, since I do have this condition.

I hope everyone had an amazing & safe NYE! I celebrated in SF, had some drinks & watched fireworks from Russian Hill. It was such a nice night. Happy New Year!  What is something you’re proud about in 2017? What is something you’re looking forward to in 2018?

I’ll see you guys in a few weeks, going on vacay! Follow my instagram: krystalinthecity for Maui pics!